Executive Board             

President

Hollywood composer Peter Myers was born in Manchester, England into a musical family. While doing his national service in the band of the Grenadier Guards, he studied at the prestigious Royal College of Music. 

 

Myers entered the London music profession as a trombonist, performing in various bands and theatrical productions, including "The Music Man," "Sail Away," and "Half a Sixpence." He also served as arranger on the highly successful television series "Sunday Night at the Palladium." 

 

After arriving in Hollywood in 1964, Myers has worked with the industry's elite. Throughout his long career, both his music and his executive skills have been associated with the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Aaron Spelling, Glen Larson, Fred Silverman, Norman Jewison, Quincy Jones, Bill Conti, Doc Severinson, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Olivia Newton-John, Natalie Cole, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to name a few. His movie and tv credits can be viewed at his IMDB page, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0616832/

 

Using his vast experience, Myers' goal for the Foundation is to preserve American Music through education in all viable media. "This is truly a labor of love," Myers explains, "it is time to give something back."

Leonard J. Comden, Esq.

Vice President​

Leonard Comden was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1945. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from UCLA in 1967. After working in the pharmaceutical industry he attended Southwestern University Law School and graduated in 1973. He worked as a Deputy Public Defender before joining with Steve Wasserman in 1976 and co-founding what became Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, LLP. 

Mr. Comden handled litigation across the United States and handled cases from the Appellate Courts of California to the United States Supreme Court. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases, both criminal and civil in nature. He has handled extensive copyright, trademark and intellectual property litigation. 

Mr. Comden has been named a Super Lawyer in Los Angeles Magazine eight consecutive years since 2005 and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has served two terms on the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees and as a Superior Court Mediator.

Mr. Comden is a nephew of famed lyricist and screenwriter Betty Comden. He has been a long term supporter of the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla Historical Society and numerous cultural and educational organizations and has sponsored numerous events for these and other organizations. He is also involved in The Valley Group and Encino Chamber of Commerce. 

He also founded and manages Tarzana Development Company, a real estate development and management company which owns and manages commercial properties in the Los Angeles area. 

Mr. Comden retired from law practice in 2015 and now spends most of his time in Real Estate development and charitable organizations. 

As a musician he plays several instruments including piano and clarinet and has played in several bands and maintained a keen interest in music and musical theatre.

Amy Stone

Secretary

Amy Stone is a second-generation Angeleno with a B.A. in Communication Design from Otis Art Institute, where she minored in photography and subsequently got her first job at Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic Magazine editing photo-contest entries. She spent 12 years learning the publishing business while enjoying a variety of creative functions that ranged from studio photography and art direction to product testing and editorial. Prior to being hired full-time as the magazine’s Feature Editor, Amy authored a how-to photography book for Price Stern Sloan, and subsequently became PSS’s acting photo book editor. When the personal computer became ubiquitous, Amy left her position at the magazine to pursue design and desktop publishing, which eventually led to web design and a dream client that launched a gratifying career producing websites for the film-music industry: legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein. Since 2017, Amy has had the pleasure of working with Peter Myers in creating and developing the branding and messaging of the PaLM Music Foundation, Inc..

Judy Eschman

Secretary

Judy Eschman has worked in the real estate industry for approximately 25 years. She began her career working with a developer as their paralegal and has continued to grow in the commercial industrial sector. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in regards to negotiations and contracts. Judy currently works with an REIT company, which is well established in the industrial real estate industry. Although not as involved with the music industry as her counterparts, she is looking forward to working with PaLM in achieving its goals of growing the musical education of today's youth.

Teresa Ruh Vail, CPA.

Treasurer

 

Born and raised in Southern CA, attending elementary, junior and high school in the San Fernando Valley and staying local through college attending CSUN.  She became a CPA in 1990 and currently has a successful practice with offices in La Crescenta, CA working almost exclusively with people in the entertainment and music industry. She and her staff enjoy a successful relationship with their clients, many of whom have become personal friends.  In 2014 she bought a 2nd home on Bainbridge Island, WA and travels regularly between both ends of the Pacific Coast. With her years of experience in guiding her clients in the financial world she is a welcome addition to the Executive Boad.